The Extraordinary Powers of Ordinary Herbs
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The ancient Greeks ate this aromatic herb to suppress their hunger. All parts of the plant are used in cooking, but the most potent medicinal properties are in the seeds. An infusion of seeds (add 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds to 1 cup of boiled water, steep for 5 minutes, and strain) eases flatulence and colic in young children and prevents heartburn and indigestion in adults.